Big Gipp – Mr. Get Down MIXTAPE [FULL STREAM] @GippGoodie

Peep this new joint from Goodie Mob’s Big Gipp! Tell us what you think in the comments! Read more of this post

[INTRODUCING] Silk Rhodes – Silk Roads EP [FULL STREAM] @stonesthrow


Funky and quirky, this production is just fun to listen to. There are some real experimental tracks for sure, but overall, very solid.

Fave Tracks:  Face 2 Face, Realtime, This Painted World, Group 1987, Personal Use   Read more of this post

#Introducing Lydia René – Vintage Heart “The Sampler” EP FULL STREAM + REVIEW @lydia_rene

Artists like Lydia René are why we work tirelessly everyday. This sister has the goods. Not only is she bringing remarkable vocal skills, but the soundbed accompanying her is majestic, stylish and simply compelling. With shades of Ledisi, Phyllis Hyman and even Fertile Ground, this EP is refreshingly pleasant to listen to and we look forward to hearing much more from this musician. Honestly, this sampler left us wanting the full course.
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Brave New Voices. Philly: Sean Bell (or Mike Brown. or Eric Garner) #BlackLivesMatter

Brave New Voices. Philly: Sean Bell or Mike Brown or Eric Garner...

Brave New Voices. Philly: Sean Bell (or Mike Brown. or Eric Garner)

Today, we let these young brothers and sister speak for us.

Brave New Voices. Philly: Sean Bell (or Mike Brown. or Eric Garner)

14 Protest Songs for the Hip Hop Generation #Ferguson #BlackProtestMusic #Justice

13 Protests Songs for the Hip Hop Generation

14 Protest Songs for the Hip Hop Generation

When we think about the Civil Rights movement, it was known that music and musicians were deeply involved in the fight for justice. Artists like Harry Belefonte, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder easily blurred the lines between musician and activist. But when we think about the Hip Hop Generation (incorporating both Generation X and the Millenials), it doesn’t always seem like there are artist out on the front line creating this #BlackProtestMusic. This list though compiles some of the greatest songs hip hop has had to offer to the cause of the struggle. Look below for the Soundtrack of a Movement
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Jessye Norman: Southern Soul, Opera Queen [FULL VIDEO] @JessyeSchool @Letterman

Jessye Norman: Southern Soul, Opera Queen

Jessye Norman: Southern Soul, Opera Queen

Jessye Norman is the world renowned opera diva from Augusta, GA. Whereas we know so much of soul and power have come from down in Georgia, we often neglect to pay attention to how folks from that region have influenced more classical forms of music. Jessye Norman is that soul star who has been stirring up the opera world for years. Her new memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing details how this Southern woman grew into the opera queen known today. Watch her interview with David Letterman below, as well as her take on the classic song “Midnight Special“.
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Sista SZA Sings “Sobriety”. And We Love Everything About It. [FULL STREAM] @sza @topdawgent

Sista SZA Sings Sobriety. And We Love Everything About It.

Sista SZA Sings “Sobriety”. And We Love Everything About It.

SZA has been capturing our heart for a while now. As the first lady of T.D.E., she is a way maker for her imprint, doing to alt-soul what the boys are doing to hip hop. This song is an anthem to her powerful independence. Her voice and style are becoming iconic and we love this track, albeit brief.
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Celebrating Ol’ Dirty Bastard 10 Years Later [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Celebrating Ol' Dirty Bastard 10 Years Later

Celebrating Ol’ Dirty Bastard 10 Years Later

It’s been 10 years since the passing of the legendary member of the Wu-Tang. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – aka ODB- was a zany member of the crew, gesticulating about and using colorful language and technique on the mic. In celebrating his life, Gummy Soul, a producer/sound engineer/record company based out of Nashville, Tennessee, created this gummy soul remix to ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya“. You can watch the colorful video below and download the full track too!
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Fall in Love With the “People of Today” by the 1978ers [FULL STREAM] @MelloMusicGroup @yuthe78er @Slimthe78er

Fall in Love With the People of Today by the 1978ers

Fall in Love With the “People of Today” by the 1978ers

MelloMusic Group never fails to impress. The latest band they are presenting, the 1978ers ooze a very specific soul. A type of jazzy reminiscent of early hip-hop, this duet is brilliant with their rhymes and styling. Directly from their mouths:

Music is an exchange of ideas. This album is something for those exhausted with the shuck and jive of pop culture, who believe in the purification rituals offered by hard snares, funky drum kicks, soul-coughing bass, and deeply rooted vibrations.

Steadfastly infusing their songs with spirituality and positivity, yU and Slimkat are everymen with preternatural talent. Over the years, they’ve tirelessly built a rep in the DMV, collaborating on yU’s The Earn and Before Taxes, which OkayPlayer called “one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last few years.” In 2009, yU released In the Ruff as the philosophical heart of super-group Diamond District, a record hailed by MTV as “arguably the best hip-hop ever released in D.C.”
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Len Xiang Cover of Citizen Cope’s Pablo Picasso @lenxiang @citizencope

Len Xiang

We are so happy to expose more people to this amazing artist, Len Xiang. soulhead founder, Ron Worthy, met him 15 years ago at the Lafayette Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. After walking up the stairs from the train, he faintly heard a moving rendition of Sam Cooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come” and had to find out where it was coming from. Since that moment, they have been friends.

When we came across this video, we had to post it. Not only is Len Xiang one of our favorite singers, but we also love this version of another favorite artists, Citizen Cope. It is great to see so much Fort Greene, Brooklyn love out there.

Enjoy!

[SLEPT ON SOUL] Jesus Wept – P.M. Dawn by Michael A. Gonzales @gonzomike @OfficialPMDawn

Slept On Soul : P.M. Dawn Jesus Wept by Michael A. Gonzales

Jesus Wept - P.M. Dawn by Michael A. Gonzales

Back in the early 1990s, when so-called “realness” began reigning supreme over rap music, most anyone not subscribing to the sinister outlook of street narratives was perceived as a fake punk just asking for a beat down. The equivalent of young Black kids being teased by their peers for “talking white,” the rules of rap realness kept the music as grimy as possible, caught up in a trick bag of ghetto demands. Real men, according to macho hip-hop mythology, represented and rapped about the streets, their honey booty sweeties and “playing the game” with the precision of hustler.

Unable to be merely content doing their own thing, some artists were determined to tear down any aural agitators who dared not to embrace the soiled imagery of crack infested buildings, pissy projects staircases and dope boys slinging rock on park benches until the break of dawn. While a few bohemian crews, namely De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and whoever else was down with the Native Tongues, was given a ghetto pass, perhaps because they socialized at the same spots (Union Square, The World) or recorded at the same studios.

Without a doubt, many hardcore hip-hop fans never really gave P.M. Dawn a chance. With their hippy clothes, surreal lyricism and Dr. Strange personas that reeked of Black mysticism and white witchcraft, P.M. Dawn wasn’t hanging in deathtrap hip-hop clubs, banging out beats on abandoned cars or worried about their baby mamma’s hounding them for child support. Indeed, as Prince Be later explained on the hypnotic single “Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine” (1992), “What is real, a positive plane, reality and life are not the same.”

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Brownswood Bubblers 11 [FULL PLAYLIST] @gillespeterson @brownswood

Gilles Peterson PresentS: Brownswood Bubblers 11

The British taste maker is at it again! Gilles Peterson is renowned in his native U.K. and across the globe at having a particular knack for discerning music that possesses a certain soul je ne sais quoi. All of the picks that he makes really embody the spirit of soulful eclecticism, all with artists who have recorded tracks worthy of our attention. Brownswood Bubblers 11 is the aptly named 11th volume in his collection of songs meant to be discussed around the workstation water cooler. With 18 tracks, this collection is incredible! Whereas you can pre-order the album now to download it, Brownswood Recordings has been so kind to include a free streaming playlist of the tracks. Check them all out below!
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Lupe Fiasco Delivers Haunting Truth [NEW SONG STREAM] @LupeFiasco

Lupe Fiasco Delivers Haunting Truth

Lupe Fiasco Delivers Haunting Truth

A name once synonymous with conscientious hip-hop, Lupe Fiasco has been something of a music recluse as of late. Making occasional appearances with artists like Ab-Soul, for the most part Fiasco has seemed to retreat from the scene. His early music, particularly the classic Food and Liquor, established him as this artist who could rap brilliantly about social issues over a dope beat. More recently, his lyricism has become a lot heavier handed, with the argument being that he sounds more pedantic than cool. The new song “Delivery” could give off that preachy-feel, but it’s been so long since we had a quintessential Lu track, that this just feels and sounds right. Check out the full song below!
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Nas Takes Off With New J Dilla Produced Single [FULL DOWNLOAD] @Nas @OfficialJDilla1

Nas Takes Off With New J Dilla Produced Single

Nas Takes Off With New J Dilla Produced Single

Without a doubt, Nas is a pioneer of modern hip hop. With this year celebrating his 20th anniversary of being a celebrated MC, he has just released a single to remind us of his well-rhyming rap scheme. “The Season” demonstrates the easy cadence of Nas. Coupled with the beat from the late J. Dilla, this song easily slips us right back to 1994. This trend of nostalgic hip-hop is strong this year, but appropriate as it is proving hip-hop’s ability to age well, like vintage wine.  Put this on repeat this morning! Not only can you listen to the track, but you can download it for free here!

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T.D.E’s Jay Rock Releases New Hit – ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal [FULL TRACK] @jayrock @kendricklamar @topdawgent @

T.D.E.'s Jay Rock Releases New Hit ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal

T.D.E’s Jay Rock Releases New Hit – ft Kendrick Lamar and Chantal

Over the course of the past two years, it has been well known that Top Dawg Entertainment is the new dominating force in hip hop. Of the original four members on the imprint, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock (collectively known as Black Hippy), Rock is the only one who has not yet had a major album release. That seems to be changing soon! After the success of “Parental Advisory”, which just explodes with some Warren G type West Coast bombness, Rock’s new single “Pay For It” has just been released. “Pay For It” brings together label mate Kendrick Lamar and songstress Chantal to make a track that really displays Jay Rock’s talent. Indeed, he is probably the hardest of the conglomerate when it comes to raw flow and content mateial. NAd we can’t help but to love it! Listen to the full track below!
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Prince & @3RDEYEGIRL – Empty Room (Paisley Park Studios Rehearsal – 10.27.14) @3rdEyeBoy

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Nice dusting off a old Prince bootleg joint.  Although this has been done better elsewhere, we are happy the World can hear it..at least for the time being.  Enjoy. Read more of this post

Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style [FULL ALBUM] @HammondFunk

Paolo Apollo Negri - Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

This is not something you see or hear everyday. A musician since the 90’s, Negri has been an experimenter and inventor with the Hammond Organ. Now, almost with two decades of experience, Negri blends the sounds of the Hammond with synthesizers and collaborates with other madmen and women of electro-pop to make this funky, bluesy, soulful sound. In some songs, you can’t tell if this is a 70’s throwback, a Prince lilt, or something all together futuristic. You can stream his new album “Hello World” below!
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New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More @LALeakers @Tinashe @jayrock @MilaJ

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

The L.A. Leakers (aka J Cruz and Justin Credible of Power 106‘s The Lift Off) have done it  again! They have compiled a compelling list of new sounds from up and coming artists for us all to know and fall in love with. In this video they have samples from some names that we should know. Firstly, the new song from TDE’s Jay Rock is killing it with so much LA-West Coast verve. Following that is new music from Jhene Aiko‘s sister, Mila J. Additionally, there are new sounds from a new comer “Audio Push“, and then from the rising star Tinashe. Check the full video out below and get into your new favorite songs.
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Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues” [FULL DOWNLOAD] @chancetherapper

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiement Have the No Better Blues

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues”

Blues as a style of music is rooted deeply in the Black American soul. Moreover, it is an important precursor to hip hop. In this new song from one of our favorite new school rappers, Chance the Rapper, he espouses on all the things he “hates”. In a song that could be described as nihilsm and total disenchantment, it has an ecclesiastical sound and feel to it. The Social Experiment is a longtime collaborator with the rapper. Listening to the song, it’s unclear if Chance is playing a character, or if we should be concerned. Nonetheless, it makes for good mood music. Listen to it below.
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Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

She’s so silly. Our favorite modern Lady of Soul and the epitome of Grace, Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York to perform a little diddy and solicit money from the passerbys. In an iPhone film that she edited herself, she shows what  it looks like to have moxie and grit to put yourself out there. Of course, the great irony is she barely collected $4, which in someways is a tongue and cheek remark on how difficult it really is to be jobless and street hustling. Watch the full video below.
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